One thing years of living in a bus taught me: You don't need much to be happy — food, shelter, love and companionship is about it. Anything else isn't gravy. It usually just gets in the way.
Now that I am not living in a bus, and taking time to write about it, I'm finding how easy it is to slip back into old ways.
Take CD's and DVD's, for example, Or books, or jeans and T-shirts. Or shoes. Another here, another there. Soon clutter.
Living in a bus imposes strict limits on almost everything. My rule of thumb has been if I get something new, like a new book or CD, I get rid of an old to make room.
It's easy. Just give it away, or leave it to be found. Someone will want it.
This rule not only keeps clutter from accumulating. It upgrades what you do have by forcing you to keep only what you really love and need.
Another rule is: If you haven't used it, worn it, eaten it or cooked with it in six months get rid of it. Obviously this does not apply to spare parts. It applies to almost everything else.
I could go on but I think the point is made. Having only what you need and nothing more simplifies your life.